Monday, October 27, 2014

Week 298 Menu

Hi guys!  I'm excited for this week.  Halloween costumes are finished.  School parties.  Leaves falling.  Pumpkin treat baking.  No school on Thursday or Friday.  Lots of trick or treating and trunk or treating.  Should be fun!

We have a fun tradition of making doughnuts the week of Halloween.

This is the fifth year that we've made doughnuts at home.  Halloween is the only time that I make doughnuts.  I figure what's a little more sugar and fat this week?

They're super yummy and so easy too!  You can find the recipe here.  I'd love to try other doughnut recipes, but this one is so good I haven't tried others yet.

My kids like to help make them.  They help cut the doughnuts out.  Then after I fry them, they are in charge of dipping them in vanilla or chocolate glaze.  Then we vote on our favorite, chocolate or vanilla.  This year vanilla won.  :)  Yum!!!

Menu time...

Monday:  broccoli cheese soup in breadbowls

Tuesday:   cafe rio pork salad

Wednesday: honey lime enchiladas

Thursday:  mummy hot dogs for kids, chicken salad wraps for adults

Friday:  white chicken chili

Saturday:  leftovers

Sunday:  crockpot ranch pork chops with garlic mashed potatoes

What are you making this week?  Have a great one!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bits and Pieces 11th Edition: Halloweekend Preparations

Hi guys!  Are you as glad as I am that it's Friday?
Anyway...this weekend should be pretty fun.  Our town is doing their Halloweekend this weekend (not quite sure why they can't actually do it next weekend on Halloween, but whatever).  I'm making final touches on my kids Halloween costumes.  

I made successfully made my kindergartner a Yoda costume.  He's so happy!  And I'm happy that worked and took no time at all.

My older son wants to be a football player, so we borrowed a jersey from a friend.  I spent a little time last night making his last name to put on the back of the jersey using freezer paper and paint.   After browsing football pad images online last night I decided to make him some pads using a yoga mat that I never use and got for free.  He loves them.  
My daughter's Greek Goddess costume turned out better than I imagined and involved no sewing!  Seriously, I'm so glad for the internet or my kids would have the lamest  Halloween costumes ever.

In other news, my little guy and I dug up some potatoes for dinner last night.  So yummy!  

And I finally got out some Halloween decorations and they were put right to good use.  

In food news...we all got to eat dinner together before 6:00 yesterday for the first time in months (weekends don't count).  It was so nice!  

And I made peanut butter cookies on Tuesday and wish that I would have quadrupled the batch and stashed some in the freezer.  So yummy!  

Now I get to clean up my Halloween costume making sewing/crafting mess and work on my lesson for church on Sunday.

Have a fabulous weekend!  I'd love to hear what you're up to.  Are you doing Halloween festivities this weekend too?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How do you UN-ADDICT yourself from your smartphone?

Hi guys!  This post is about something I've been thinking about for a while.  Smartphone addiction.

I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to my phone and before I got my phone I was addicted to my tablet and before that it was my computer.

I'm sure I'm not the only one that mindlessly checks for texts, emails, new pictures on instagram or new posts on facebook too many times throughout the day.  It's been driving me crazy lately and I've been trying to think of ways to "unaddict" myself from my phone.
Last year we switched our home phone number over to a smart phone, so I started carrying my cell phone with me all the time, at least when my kids are at school or away from home and might need to get ahold of me.  Then in April of this year my little not-smart phone stopped working and I switched to a smartphone.  I also started texting, which I hadn't done in the past.  Since then I feel like my phone is always glued to me.  I'd like to keep it close just in case my family needs me, but I need to remember that it's a phone first of all.

I'd love to hear the things that you do to use your smartphone wisely?

I've been thinking about little things that might help me from checking my phone too many times throughout the day.  I'd love to hear your ideas that you do.

Do you have your phone make notification sounds when you get a new message, email, text or comment?  I'm experimenting with this.  I feel like I need to be able to know if there are new texts because my friends and I communicate a lot through texting about picking up and dropping off our kids.  But my phone should light up if there is something new.

This morning my phone made a notification noise and my almost two year old ran over to where it was and yelled "phone, phone!"  Which makes me think that maybe the phone is being overused.

Do you check your email whenever you see there is a new message?  Or do you only check it certain times throughout the day?  Or do you only check your email on your computer, not on your phone?

Do you limit your Instagram checking and Facebook checking to only once a day?  Or do you mindlessly click on the app to see what's new throughout the day?

I periodically remove the facebook app from my phone, so it's harder to me to check facebook.  I was hoping that this would help.  Sometimes it does.  Sometimes it doesn't.  I can still check facebook through the internet browsers on my phone.  :)

Do you check pinterest when you're bored?  I've finally kicked my pinterest addiction by not even putting the app on my phone.  I occasionally check it on the computer or on my tablet, except that my tablet officially just died, so that's not a worry anymore.

Do you use your phone to know what time it is?  I did all the time until I finally bought a watch a few weeks ago.  It's made a huge difference!  It's so handly too...the time there right on my wrist.  Watches are great inventions!  Ha!

I'm teaching a lesson in Relief Society on Sunday to all the women at church and some teenage girls and the lesson happens to be talking about this very thing, plus other things.  The lesson is on a General Conference talk given to the young men in our church last April, "The Choice Generation."  I love the things that I've learned from studying this talk.  It came at the perfect time.

A few things that I loved from his talk.

"Follow the adage “Be where you are when you are there.” When you are driving, drive. When you are in class, focus on the lesson. When you are with your friends, give them the gift of your attention. 

Your brain cannot concentrate on two things at once. Multitasking amounts to quickly shifting your focus from one thing to another. 

An old proverb says, “If you chase two rabbits, you won’t catch either one.”

I've been thinking about this...being where you are when you are there.  How many times have I been listening to someone tell me something and then hear a ding announcing a new text and have checked it while "listening".  Usually this makes me not remember what the person even said and makes me look totally rude.  Sorry if I've done this to you.  I'm going to try to do better. :)

Anyway...I'd love to hear things that you do to keep yourself from being glued to your phone all the time, while still enjoying the great convenience that it is.  I'd love it if you shared.  Then I can be unaddicted!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Week 297 Menu

Hi friends!  Happy Tuesday!  I just got back in town from a weekend trip with my hubby and little guy.

I'm so thankful for the super great, sweet, fabulous friends that I have that took care of my other three kiddos and got them off to school, fed them, packed lunches, did homework, got them to play practice, to early morning band practice, took them to church, etc., etc., etc.

I had a great time having a break from all of those things, plus eating out, running and walking along a beautiful river, reading a book, etc.

Now it's back to normal life, plus a lot of laundry piles.  At least it's all clean laundry though.  I'm off to hit the grocery store, but I menu planned first, so here it is:

Monday: we had chicken pot pie from my freezer (I love freezer meals!)

Tuesday: Waikiki meatballs, rice, veggies

Wednesday: parmesan chicken strips, roasted new potatoes (freshly dug)

Thursday: spaghetti with turkey meatballs, easy, yummy french bread

Friday: pancakes

Saturday: homemade pizza

Sunday: perfect pot roast, new potatoes, carrots, gravy, one hour rolls 

After I hit the grocery store, I need to whip up some peanut butter cookies that my five-year-old sweetly requested twice yesterday.  And then attempt to make a yoda costume and a goddess costume out of a pile of fabric.  Hopefully my sewing machine cooperates.  Ugh.  Not a seamstress.  Too bad I'm a kid-pleaser and I'm too cheap to buy each kid a $25 costume.

Have a great day!  And if you feel like becoming my favorite person of the day, post your menu too.  :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Week 296 Menu

Hi there guys!  Today is a it's-Tuesday-but-feels-like-Monday for me since my family was home yesterday because of Columbus Day.

We had a great weekend.  Nice and relaxing and long!  On Sunday we made Chocolate Pudding Bundt cake for the first time in a while.  I've forgotten how good it is.  And easy.  And pretty!  But too bad I didn't take a picture because we were too busy eating it.  And did I mention it doesn't have any butter/oil in the cake?  Just lots of chocolate.

I love fall!  Especially in New chile roasting, chile ristras everywhere, pumpkins, sweater wearing.  I could do without being cold though.  I hate being cold.

Since I've already spent way too long on the computer this morning, I'll make this short and sweet.

Menu time:

Monday: leftover orange chicken from Sunday

Tuesday: spaghetti with turkey meatballs

Wednesday:  grill burgers

Thursday:  breakfast burritos

Friday:  leftovers

Saturday:  easy

Sunday:  homemade pizza

What are you making this week?  What are your fall favorites where you live?


Friday, October 10, 2014

Bits and Pieces: 10th Edition Some Thoughts going into the Weekend

Hi guys!  It's a rainy, kind of chilly day, but at least it's Friday!  Can't wait to sleep in tomorrow...or at least not to have to make lunches and prep backpacks before 8 am.

A few things I wanted to share today:

1.  I've been reading in the news a lot about Ebola and other tragedies that are going on.  It's heartbreaking and scary.  Then I was thinking about how silly it is that I posted about "how to keep your house from smelling like food."  That seems kind of superficial and snotty that I'm worried about my house smelling like onions when there are lots of other people that are suffering right now.  The more I've thought about it, I've decided that it's not that I don't care, it's that there are some things that you can't do anything about except pray, I guess.  And sometimes you need a distraction from all the bad things things by posting about fluffy things like making your house smell good.

I am thankful that I have food.  And a house to make food in.  And that my family is healthy.  And that we live in a free, educated, wonderful country.  I'm so blessed.

2.  Now onto more unimportant fluffy talk.  :)  Is it too early to eat pretzels dipped in nutella for breakfast?  Shoot...hope it's not.  This morning was one of those crazy can't-find-my-library-book-I-don't-want-to-get-dressed-make-three-totally-different-lunches-fix-math-homework-late-for-the-bus-so-drive-to-school kind of mornings.  Cartoons for my baby guy and a little nutella and pretzel treat for me and now we're ready to face the day.  Good thing I got up early to go to the gym, right?

3.  My garden is finally (now that it's October) producing some lovely red tomatoes.  I'm pretty much the only one in my family that enjoys them, so I've been eating them for lunch and dinner.   So sweet and yummy (better than nutella and pretzels...almost).

4.  Can't wait for this weekend!  The kids don't have school on Monday.  Looking forward to that for sure!  Maybe we'll head to Albuquerque tomorrow and hit the end of the balloon fiesta.  

Or maybe we'll go see Meet the Mormons in theater!  If you are heading to the movies this weekend, you should go see it.  
I'm excited to see it, especially the stories about the candy bomber, the football coach and the fighter.

All righty...guess I go make beds, clear up the breakfast dishes, do the laundry, etc. Have a fabulous Friday!

Feel free to share what you're up to this weekend!  Photobucket
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